Introductions all around for these books that remind reviewers of similar books.
Conquistadora by Esmerelda Santiago is a big colorful saga set on a Caribbean sugar plantation. Publisher's Weekly calls it the "Puerto Rican Gone with the Wind."
If you're getting excited for next week's release of the movie based on Water for Elephants, you might enjoy circus-themed The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin. It's about a little person who stars in one of P.T. Barnum's famous attractions.
There's early buzz for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, screenwriter of Fanboys. It's the adventure of a geeky kid searching for a real treasure in a virtual world. The blurbs from fantasy and sci-fi authors describe it as a dystopian novel combined with 80's nostalgia, and of course, Warner Brothers is planning to turn it into a movie. Ready Player One is being described as "a blend of Avatar, The Matrix and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and also "Tron meets the Nintendo Kid."
Let me also allow you to make the aquaintance of these other books just added to our collection:
Andrews, Donna. Real Macaw. Minotaur Books. 7/19/2011. Mystery
Armstrong, Kelley. Spell Bound. Dutton Books. 7/26/2011. Fantasy
Balogh, Mary. The Secret Mistress. Delacorte Press. 7/12/2011. Romance
Balzo, Sandra. Running on Empty. Severn House Publishers. 4/1/2011. Mystery
Berry, Steve. The Jefferson Key. Ballantine Books. 5/17/2011.
Box, C.J. Back of Beyond. Minotaur Books. 8/2/2011. Mystery
Brockovich, Erin. Rock Bottom. Vanguard Press. 3/1/2011.
Brown, Victoria. Minding Ben. Hyperion Books. 4/12/2011.
Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. Crown Publishing Group (NY). 8/16/2011. Sci-Fi
Cook, Claire. Best Staged Plans. Hyperion Books. 6/7/2011.
Cox, Josephine. Blood Brothers. William Morrow Paperbacks. 8/1/2011.
Deaver, Jeffery. Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel. Simon & Schuster. 6/14/2011.
Duncan, Glen. The Last Werewolf. Knopf Publishing Group. 7/12/2011.
Dunn, Matthew. Spycatcher. William Morrow & Company. 8/9/2011.
Edwards, Martin. The Hanging Wood. Poisoned Pen Press. 4/5/2011. Mystery
Geda, Fabio. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari. Doubleday Books. 8/9/2011.
Griffin, W.E.B. Victory and Honor. Putnam Adult. 8/9/2011.
Griffiths, Elly. The House at Sea's End. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). 1/12/2012. Mystery
Hadley, Tessa. The London Train. Harper Perennial. 6/1/2011.
Hayes, Jonathan. A Hard Death. Harper. 4/1/2011.
Heley, Veronica. False Money. Severn House Publishers. 3/1/2011. Mystery
Hill, Reginald. The Woodcutter (First Ustion). Harper. 8/1/2011.
Jacobson, Douglas W. The Katyn Order. McBooks Press. 5/1/2011.
Jance, J.A. Betrayal of Trust: A J.P. Beaumont Novel. William Morrow & Company. 8/1/2011.
Juby, Susan. Home to Woefield. Harper. 3/1/2011.
Kennedy, Douglas. The Moment. Atria Books. 5/3/2011.
Kingsbury, Karen. Leaving. Zondervan. 3/22/2011.
Levien, David. Thirteen Million Dollar Pop: A Frank Behr Novel. Doubleday Books. 8/9/2011.
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragon's Time: Dragonriders of Pern. Del Rey Books. 6/28/2011. Fantasy
McCall Smith, Alexander. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel. Pantheon Books. 6/21/2011.
McCleary, Carol. The Illusion of Murder. Forge. 4/12/2011. Mystery
McNamara, Frances. Death at Pullman. Allium Press. 3/15/2011. Mystery
Polansky, Daniel. Low Town. Doubleday Books. 8/16/2011. Fantasy
Preston, Douglas J. Cold Vengeance. Grand Central Publishing. 8/2/2011.
Ratzinger, Joseph. Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. Ignatius Press. 3/10/2011. Nonfiction
Robards, Karen. Justice. Gallery Press. 7/19/2011. Romance
Santiago, Esmeralda. Conquistadora. Knopf Publishing Group. 7/12/2011.
Schulman, Helen. This Beautiful Life. Harper. 8/1/2011.
Simon, Clea. Dogs Don't Lie. Poisoned Pen Press. 4/5/2011. Mystery
Spencer, Sally. Echoes of the Dead. Severn House Publishers. 3/1/2011. Mystery
Unger, Lisa. Darkness, My Old Friend. Crown Publishing Group (NY). 8/2/2011.
Wiggs, Susan. The Goodbye Quilt. Mira Books. 3/29/2011. Romance